Bed capacity to be increased at Black River Hospital — Tufton

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton  (seated – holding young boy) is all attention as Dr Michelle Roofe, Senior Medical Officer of Health and Health Informatics at the Ministry of Health, points out relevant information on a computer screen. Sharing in the occasion are  Member of Parliament St Elizabeth North Eastern Evon Redman (left) and Chuck Berry, Health Information Management Administrator, E-Health Pilot Project, Ministry of Health. Dr Tufton was visiting Santa Cruz Health Centre as part of a tour of health facilities in St Elizabeth last week.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is voicing satisfaction following last week’s tour of health facilities in St Elizabeth. “It was a good trip,” Tufton told the Jamaica Observer by telephone. “It was a matter of assessing what and where t ... Read More

One-hundred-year-old Amy Darby (left), who was among six centenarians recognised at the banquet, cutting the 200th anniversary cake with Rector of the St Mark-Mandeville Parish Church Reverend Barrington Soares . Christians, take charge!
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Parliamentarian and former Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has sai ... Read More

Visitors to the Zong monument struggled to read the etched text during last December’s commemoration ceremony The Zong slave ship tragedy remembered
Black River, St Elizabeth — Those with a desire to pay special tribute to enslaved ancestors o ... Read More

Head of Adams Valley Farm, Lester Murray (right), explains an aspect of vegetable farming to minister without portfolio  JC Hutchinson (centre). Agriculture Joseph’s way
Mandeville, Manchester — A lay preacher, farmer Lester Murray is also an authority on the Bibl ... Read More

Main road through St Elizabeth to be resurfaced

Monday, July 25, 2016    

This file photo captures motorists navigating a section of the badly-scoured Gutters to Lacovia main road. Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastern Evon Redman says the road which links Mandeville through Santa Cruz to points west is to be resurfaced soon.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Life is set to get easier for motorists on the badly scoured Gutters to Lacovia main road, which links Mandeville through Santa Cruz to points west, including Montego Bay. Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastern Evon Redman told Comrades at a constituency conference just over a week ago that “resurfacing of this roadway should start within another two weeks”. Last week Redman told Jamaica Observer Central that a contract worth more tha ... Read More

Manchester Festival Queen launches community project

Monday, July 25, 2016    

These youngsters got an early opportunity to practise their presentation skills.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Reigning Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Festival Queen for Manchester, Sharmica Holness, launched her community project this month. The project called iSpeak is geared at sharpening public speaking skills among adolescents. “Public speaking is the single most important skill that a leader can possess. It is an excellent skill that can reap tremendous rewards,” Holness told her audience at the Ridgemount United Church. She said that iSpeak wa ... Read More

A helping hand for young business operators

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Representatives of the Clarendon Parish Council and partner agencies sign documents at the formal launch of the Clarendon Youth in Business Project in May Pen recently. From left are Rowhan Blake, secretary/manager, Clarendon Parish Council;  Terry-Ann Weir, Regional Business Development Officer, Jamaica Business Development Corporation;  Paulette Salmon, JNBS Branch Manager, May Pen;  Stephanie Hutchinson, National Caribbean Local Economic Development Project Coordinator; and Mayor of May Pen, Scean Barnswell. (Clarendon Parish Council)

May Pen, Clarendon — The Clarendon Parish Council and several partner agencies recently launched a project aimed at encouraging and supporting young business operators in the parish. The project aims to assist 15 young, local business owners by exposing them to product development and business improvement training. It includes grant funding of $100,000, a release from the Clarendon Parish Council said. Partnering with the parish council in the Clarendon Youth in Business Project are Ca ... Read More

Progress for Mt St Joseph Catholic High

Monday, July 25, 2016    

The new classroom block built by the Government for opening in September 2014

Mandeville, Manchester — Two years in, administrators of Mt St Joseph Catholic High in Manchester believe that “tremendous progress” has been made. The institution, which was created to fill the need for additional space at the secondary level, opened its doors in September 2014 as a grant-aided, denominational school. Using facilities that once housed the now defunct Roman Catholic-run St Paul of the Cross High on Manchester Road, space donated by neighbouring Mt St Joseph P ... Read More

GSAT cousins ponder high school

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 25, 2016    

Nathan (left) and Macauley (Gregory Bennett)

Mandeville, Manchester — In just over a month, cousins Macauley Wilson and Nathan Allen will be starting their secondary education. For many pre-teens that situation would cause much contemplation and anxiety. However, the two 11-year-olds are taking their gradual ‘coming of age’ in stride. The modesty with which Wilson spoke to Jamaica Observer Central, ahead of his graduation from Mt St Joseph Preparatory in Mandeville recently, seemed to be reflective of his general pe ... Read More

Miss Jamaica World Middlesex crowned

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Soyini Phillips was the second runner-up and won the sectional prize for best legs.

Mandeville, Manchester — Twenty-four-year-old, Whitney Levy was recently crowned Miss Jamaica World Middlesex. The entrepreneur and University College of the Caribbean business administration student was among nine other contestants. Franchise holder for Miss Jamaica World Middlesex, Nicole Murray, said that as the winner, Levy earned her spot automatically to enter the Miss Jamaica World competition in August. Levy, who represented S&G Road Surfacing, also received the sectional pr ... Read More

PHOTO: Thanks Glen

Monday, July 25, 2016    

Chairman of the Cari-Med group, Glen Christian, and children Gregory and Kavell unveil a monument erected in his honour in Brandon Hill, Clarendon, on Sunday, July 10. The community recognised Christian for his many contributions to his hometown. The monument stands at the entrance to the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School Centre of Excellence, which was built by the Cari-Med Foundation in 2010. The school’s resource centre was also renamed The Marva Christian Resource Centre in honour of Glen& ... Read More

PHOTO: Proud achievers!

Monday, July 25, 2016    


Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High, as well as Junelle Bromfield and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), brought pride and joy to south central Jamaica by medalling at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Zawiszaw stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last week. Kalawan took silver in the women’s 400metre hurdles, Bromfield won a bronze medal in the women’s 400 metres behind gold medal winner, fellow Jamaican Tiffany James, while Ellis also placed third, for a ... Read More

For your diary

Monday, July 25, 2016    

A diary

The Church of God of Prophecy Annual Education and Wellness Fair 42 Caledonia Road (Levy Lane) Mandeville — 10:00am • Saturday July 30 - Monday August 1 Denbigh 64th Agricultural,Industrial and Food Show Denbigh Showground May Pen, Clarendon • Saturday July 30 St Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce Black River Chapter/St Elizabeth Parish Council Annual Black River Day Street Festival Black River, St Elizabeth • Sunday July 31 Denbigh Gospel Extravag ... Read More

Support for Manchester Parish Council staff

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 17, 2016    

The Manchester Parish Council along Hargreaves Avenue in Mandeville. (Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Mandeville- — Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay has said that different levels of staff at the Manchester Parish Council are now benefiting from counselling. The support, she said, was organised in response to the “trauma” experienced from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency’s (MOCA) raid on the organisation last month. “People were traumatised and still are and are getting counselling,” she told the Jamaica Observer following th ... Read More



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